Page 8 - Language Facts

There's a difference between an Attorney and a Lawyer!

You might have heard the words attorney and lawyer used interchangeably in TV or movies. So much so, that you might think that the words are synonyms, but in reality they're slightly different things!

A lawyer is someone who is trained in the law. Anyone who has been to law school can consider themselves a lawyer.

An attorney, however, is someone who has passed the bar exam in the jurisdiction that they intend to work in.

This means in practice, that someone who's strictly a lawyer can give legal advice, but only an attorney can legally represent someone else.


A man only spoke Klingon to his son for the first three years of his life!

d'Armond Speers began speaking to his son only using a language made up in the Star Trek universe - Klingon.

While d'Armond was only speaking in Klingon, his wife was only speaking to their son in English. Speers says that he wanted to study how children developed language, and that he decided to use his son as a harmless experiment.

There are videos of d'Armond's son singing a Klingon lullaby, and even many notes scattered on the internet of the challenges that he faced while trying to teach his son Klingon! For example, there is no word for 'table' so instead he would just say 'thing which is flat'!

His son would rarely respond in Klingon, but when he did, his pronunciation was perfect and he never confused English words and Klingon words.

His son soon grew tired of his father speaking the fictional language and refused to answer him as long as he spoke it, so d'Armond decided to stop speaking to his son to avoid creating any problems in the house!

Today, his son speaks no Klingon, and d'Armond says that he isn't a Star Trek fanatic - he just really likes languages.


Tanks got their name to fool enemies into thinking they were carrying water and not weapons!

A tank is a tracked, armored fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat which combines operational mobility and tactical offensive and defensive capabilities.

Firepower is normally provided by a large-caliber main gun in a rotating turret and secondary machine guns, while heavy armor and all-terrain mobility provide protection for the tank and it's crew, allowing it to perform all primary tasks of the armored troops on the battlefield.

Tanks are very lethal war machinery and can surely make a difference when it comes to the battle field. Tanks can both generate a very powerful attack and a strong shield against several enemies attack and can be the difference between life and death.

Tanks were originally called tanks as a way of misleading the enemy into thinking they were water tanks shipped to areas of the battle where water was scarce. This way the enemy suffered the element of surprise!


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The only infixes in the English language are obscenities!

An infix is an affix inserted inside a word stem (an existing word). It contrasts with adfix, a rare term for an affix attached to the end of a stem, such as a prefix or suffix.

Also, the word Infix means to fix in the mind or to instil. An example of a sentence with the word infix is: Infix a picture into the text. Synonyms to the word Infix include insert, introduce, and enter.

An infix is a word element which can be placed within the base form of a word. This is to come up with a new word or an exaggerate meaning. English has almost no factual infixes.

The only infixes in the English language are obscenities like fuckin', as in "Un-fuckin'-believable". Other languages, such as Spanish, do have a lot of infixes.


Spandex is an anagram for 'expands'

Spandex is a type of synthetic fabric made from polyurethane fiber. The fiber is exceptionally elastic but less durable than latex. Introduction of spandex fiber production revolutionized the cloth industry as it was used to make stretchable clothing such as sportswear.

It was invented by chemists C. L. Sandquist and Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia. When first introduced, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry.

The name “spandex” is an anagram of the word “expands”. In Europe it is referred to by variants of “elastane” and is known in the UK, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand primarily as Lycra.

Apparently chemists can not only cook meth, but also come up with great inventions such as creating new kind of stuff that benefits us. So if you are still inspired thanks to Breaking Bad into becoming a chemist, hopefully this fact will give you the extra push!



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